Master of Arts in Teaching Course Descriptions

Pro-Education Core (12 hrs)

EDUC 510 Models of Curriculum and Instruction (3hrs)
This course considers current research regarding the teaching and learning processes and explores a variety of instructional models and strategies. Practical application of models to instructional planning and delivery in K-12 classrooms will be emphasized.

EDUC 520 Educational Research (3hrs)
This course introduces a student to the various types of quantitative and qualitative research. Course content will focus on the research process including evaluations of existing educational research as well as analysis and application of the findings.

EDUC 530 Integrating Technology in the Teaching/Learning Process (3hrs)
This course aligns content-specific standards with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards and state technology standards to assist teachers in integrating technology in K-12 classrooms through participation in and development of project-based learning activities. Learning activities focus on the use of technology as a tool to foster higher level outcomes in content-specific curricula. Teachers will have a better understanding of how technology enhances instruction and student learning.

EDUC 540 Assessment & Evaluation in Education (3hrs)
Application of measurement principals in the assessment of learning in educational environments. Topics include: formative, summative and diagnostic testing, instructional objectives and classroom tests, judging complex performance, and social and political issues with the administration and interpretation of evaluation instruments. (Clinical V-10 hrs. Field Experience)

Curriculum and Instruction/Pedagogy (24 -27hrs)

EDUC 505 Advanced Teaching and Learning (3hrs)
The study of various educational theories, principles, and strategies, and their implications for teaching and learning. (Clinical I - 25 hrs Field Experience) Clinical experiences will be conducted in age/grade/content appropriate classrooms as required by WV Policy 5202 and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS).

EDUC 516 Integrated Methods in Secondary Education (3hrs)
This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding how to teach students for maximum learning at the secondary level. Student development is tied to various strategies and to best practices for successful instruction. Mastery models are presented that reinforce the decision-making process in selecting instructional strategies, and the application of reflective practice to evaluate success is emphasized. (Clinical IV- 25 hrs Field Experience) Clinical experiences will be conducted in age/grade/content appropriate classrooms as required by WV Policy 5202 and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS).

*EDUC 517 Integrated Methods in Elementary Education (3hrs)
This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding how to teach students for maximum learning at the elementary level for PreK-Adult content certification. Student development is tied to various strategies and to best practices for successful instruction. Mastery models are presented that reinforce the decision-making process in selecting instructional strategies, and the application of reflective practice to evaluate success is emphasized. (Clinical VII- 25 hrs Field Experience) Clinical experiences will be conducted in age/grade/content appropriate classrooms as required by WV Policy 5202 and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS).

EDUC 555 Classroom Management (3hrs)
This course is designed to provide the student with various strategies to enable them to successfully prepare for and manage a positive classroom setting. Activities will include effective classroom preparation, formulating procedures and rules, identifying inappropriate student behaviors, recognizing and accommodating exceptionalities and diversity, and establishing positive relationships with parents. This course will also familiarize students with various theories of classroom management, and causes of disruptive behavior. (Clinical VI – 15 hrs. Field Experience) Clinical experiences will be conducted in age/grade/content appropriate classrooms as required by WV Policy 5202 and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS).

RDNG 520 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3hrs)
Theories of the reading process and of reading and writing to learn in content areas are explored. Emphasis is upon practical strategies and techniques for acquiring knowledge through literacy in a variety of content areas.

SPED 503 Legal and Historical Foundations of Special Education (3hrs)
Introduction to current issues and problems related to children and youth who deviate from the average in mental, physical, social and/or emotional characteristics to the extent that the appropriate inclusionary setting is provided. Research on a current issue in special education is required. (Clinical II - 25 hrs Field Experience) Clinical experiences will be conducted in age/grade/content appropriate classrooms as required by WV Policy 5202 and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS).

SPED 509 Strategies for the Inclusive Environment (3hrs)
The purpose of this course is to provide candidates opportunities to begin developing diverse instructional strategies designed to meet the individual needs of diverse student populations. The course provides individuals with an overview of special education and the federal requirements that govern the educational process. It is designed to inform and prepare candidates to meet the diverse needs of all learners in inclusive general education environments. Emphasis is placed on the identification of the individual needs of special education students and the development of effective instructional strategies/teaching techniques to address those needs. Topics include: instructional strategies and design, parent and community involvement, social and multicultural issues, and classroom management techniques. (Clinical III - 25 hrs Field Experience) Clinical experiences will be conducted in age/grade/content appropriate classrooms as required by WV Policy 5202 and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS).

EDUC 556 Supervised/Directed Teaching (6hrs)
Prerequisites: Admission to the student teaching semester, verification of successful completion of PRAXIS II: Subject Assessments Test(s) and Principles of Learning and Teaching Test.
Classroom teaching in grades Preschool-Adult under the direct supervision of public school and University personnel. Student Teaching (supervised directed teaching) is a semester (16 weeks) of professional experience in a public school setting(s) within the teacher candidate’s content area(s) and at the appropriate developmental levels. All requirements for Admission to Student Teaching as outlined in the Academic Catalog must be met prior to the student teaching experience.

* NOTE: Candidates obtaining a PreK-Adult licensure, such as Music, Art, Physical Education, and Spanish, are also required to take EDUC 517 Integrated Methods in Elementary Education to comply with WV Policy 5100. Additionally, clinical experiences will be conducted in age/grade/content appropriate classrooms as required by WV Policy 5202 and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS).

 

Last updated on Oct 17, 2011. Originally created on Oct 12, 2011. Report incorrect information.